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Rollalong Completes Latest Residential Development Using MMC

Offsite manufacturer Rollalong has completed its latest turnkey residential project, delivering 13 new modular council-owned homes in Barking, East London.

The new homes were manufactured in a controlled factory environment in Dorset and have been installed on Sugden Way in Barking as part of a development managed by Be First for Barking and Dagenham Council.

The development is the latest successful housing project for Rollalong, which specialises in manufacturing buildings offsite for the residential, defence, health and education sectors.

“We’re extremely pleased to have completed this residential scheme which now provides a range of high-quality, affordable homes for people in Barking and Dagenham,” said Clive Harris, Construction Manager at Rollalong.

“Like many parts of the UK, Barking and Dagenham suffers from a shortage of housing, and our modular approach offers local authorities a chance to address this shortfall in around half the time of a traditional build.

“Modular offsite construction also significantly reduces disruption to the neighbouring properties during the project.”

Be First Construction Manager Sam Parry said: “We’re really pleased to say that in spite of the coronavirus we’ve delivered 13 new affordable homes for the council in a fraction of the time a traditional build would take.

“More importantly, the standard is excellent, which means top-quality new homes for local people that will stand the test of time.”

The new homes include a one-bedroom flat, eight two-bedroom flats and four three-bedroom flats.

The modules were transported to the site and lifted into position and connected together over a five-day period, after which the internal and external finishing process commenced.

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Internal finishing times on site were greatly reduced as the modules were approximately 80% complete before they were installed.

Sugden Way is the first of two developments Rollalong is creating in Barking and Dagenham; it will also deliver a three-storey apartment block featuring six individual apartments at Mellish Close.